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Emerging Artist Sizzy Rocket Talks Music Career, Covering The Beastie Boys

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Sizzy Rocket’s much buzzed about new single, along with a mesmerizing look, have the artist ready to take the music world by storm.

Emerging Artist Sizzy Rocket Talks Music Career, Covering The Beastie Boys

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With a much buzzed about new single and a mesmerizing look, Sizzy Rocket is ready to take the music world by storm. The 22-year-old has been making a name for herself as a songwriter for years, and at a young age, has already caught the attention of countless music industry insiders. Now, the young Sizzy is ready to kick start her recording career alongside other entertainment projects as she conquers her goals one at a time. We spoke to the young talent about her start in music, career inspirations and that infectious cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Girls.”

CHARGED.fm: Can you describe your start in the music industry? Being so young and already a songwriter must have taken quite the journey.

Sizzy Rocket: I've been performing since a very young age doing covers at the mall and small showcases. I moved to New York when I was 18 to go to NYU and dropped out because I signed a publishing deal with Universal and started really working. I could pay my rent. But being an artist is definitely a roller coaster of a journey especially because you spend so much time in your own head. Right now I'm spending a lot of time in my head working on a body of work that I feel will define the rest of my career because it really will be the first introduction of Sizzy Rocket to the world.

What inspired you to get into music? Are there any specific inspirations or artists that have influenced your musical aspirations over the years?

I remember the first time I ever heard The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" and it changed my life. My music doesn't really sound like garage or punk rock but I'm really influenced by the aggression in it and how violent it sounds. I also love the way Jack White uses colors and symbols, the way he contrasts themes of innocence and feminine beauty with masculine rock n' roll. I'm all about themes and I love showing contrasts in my music, and in that way he has been the most influential artist in my life.

Your cover of the Beastie Boys' "Girls" has caught a lot of attention for its rewritten lyrics, unsurprisingly. What's been the reaction you've received so far? Were you nervous how fans of the classic would feel about your version, despite its positive feminist twist?

I really didn't expect for the “Girls” video to get as much attention as it did but the way people reacted just proves my point even more: that pop culture is putting this fantastical expectation and pressure on young girls to be skinny, beautiful, tan, and effortless and finally people are speaking out about it. It's funny to me that most people, mostly men, thought I was targeting the male gaze, but I wasn't. I was talking about society's ridiculous standards in general. More specifically the music industry's standards on female artists. But that also just proves that men feel an overwhelming sense of guilt. I never say "he" or "him" once in the song. Only "they".

While recording “Girls", were you afraid the song might define your style and career, given you're covering a beloved famous band?

"Feminist" is a very strong word and I saw those headlines rolling in, but I'm a very strong, empowered female and I'm able to talk intelligently about femininity and gender roles so I'm not worried about the label. I can really handle any label anyone wants to slap on me because I know who I am and what I want to represent. I wouldn't label myself a feminist because I love male iconography and culture, beer and muscle cars and hard rock. I love defining what it means to be feminine, and then stepping out of it. And stylistically I'm not worried about my cover songs at all because I'm confident about my original material. Visually the “Girls” video represents exactly who I am and there's a ton of my personality in it.

You recently said you're unsigned at the moment. How are your recording plans coming along now that you've released the cover single?

I'm in LA right now working on Thief, my debut project. I'm never not recording and I'm working on both covers and originals right now. My record is very hip-hop influenced so the Beastie Boys cover seems fitting.

What can you tell us about any future projects you have coming up? And what goals do you hope to achieve in your career in the near and distant future?

I'm doing a lot of outside songwriting right now with other artists which is very exciting. I really just want to write great songs for myself and other artists for the rest of my life. One song can change a lot of lives. I'm also working on more visuals - writing treatments for a lot of the songs on Thief. I'm producing like, two videos right now.

Any special or funny memory from your journey so far you want to share with readers?

One of my favorite memories is from playing my first show in New York. It was at the National Underground. I covered myself in glitter and just screamed out the songs because really I just wanted to be in a punk band. After the show my friends and I just went parading down the street carrying my keyboard and singing the songs at the top of our lungs. We passed Courtney Love on the street and she smiled at me. That's all I needed.

Watch the “Girls” music video below and for more Sizzy Rocket, head to her Facebook and Twitter pages. She can next be seen performing at Pianos in NYC on July 8.

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